Sean Hickman has been interested in topics such as politics, governance, and international affairs since a young age. Having been raised in a region in Spain where there is a significant separatist movement, he also became interested in geopolitics and challenges to current political systems, developing a skepticism towards the geographical and territorial status quo in the world, and noticing the obvious inefficiency of the international political system. Having taken many international relations and politics courses at his university in Amsterdam, Sean had the chance to write papers and present on secessionist movements, new country projects, and challenges to the international political order. During his research for a papers in early 2011, Sean came across The Seasteading Institute, and was instantly intrigued by its mission, the reasons behind it, and its strategy for accomplishing it. He feels especially strongly about the need for innovation in politics and governance in the 21st Century, and in January 2012, he volunteered to write a research paper on flagging options for early seasteading ventures. Now that Sean has completed his Bachelors degree, he is eager to continue contributing as an ambassador.